Veterinarian Paulo Arruda determined that young swine that developed polio-like hind limb weakness were infected with a previously unrecognized sapelovirus that may have caused central nervous system lesions. The team can't say for sure whether the virus directly caused the hind-limb weakness, but the virus may be relatively common in the US and could cause 1% to 2% losses in affected herds.
Animal health officials in Oregon are asking for hunters' help with understanding the spread of elk hoof disease, a bacterial infection that results in lameness due to deformed, sloughed, broken or overgrown hooves. "Observations reported by the public are critical in mapping where the disease currently exists and how the distribution is changing," said veterinarian Julia Burco.
A woman is finally resting comfortably after two emergency department visits, several medical procedures to remove blood and fluid from her chest and one surgery that found a porcupine quill pushing through her aorta. The woman reported de-quilling her dog weeks earlier after it tangled with a porcupine, and she apparently accidentally ingested a quill that went on to puncture her esophagus and pierce her aorta, causing bleeding into the cardiac sac.
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Veterinarian Lee Pickett explains that although some people with diabetes can manage their disease with diet and exercise alone, dogs cannot. Dogs must receive insulin injections because they develop type 1 diabetes, also called insulin-dependent diabetes, when their pancreas stops producing insulin.
Veterinarian Scott Sandeman writes that food allergies may explain feline skin problems including itchiness around the head and neck and gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting or stool changes. Dr. Sandeman says a special diet is usually needed for food-allergic cats because the problem is typically the protein source.
Mammary cancer is most frequent malignancy seen in female dogs over 7 years old that have not been spayed, writes veterinarian Christine Swanson, and obesity is a risk factor. Not all mammary lumps will spread, but a veterinarian must examine each mass to determine whether they are malignant or benign, and in some cases, animals will have a mix of cancerous and noncancerous tumors at the same time.
Heartworm disease, which affects dogs and cats, causes coughing, lethargy, reduced activity and weight loss, and the infection can lead to death if severe and left untreated, veterinarian Brittany Gogluizza explains. However, infection with the mosquito-borne parasite is preventable, and a veterinarian can help owners decide which medication is best for their pet.
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Most professionals aren't using LinkedIn enough to get the full benefits the social network provides, Ariel Lopez writes. You can't be afraid to reach out to others and make new connections if you want to be as successful as possible, she argues.
Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and they play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. To honor their work, Oct. 16-22 has been named National Veterinary Technician Week, and the AVMA has gathered some tools and resources to help veterinarians say "thank you" and honor their techs. View AVMA's National Veterinary Technician Week resources.
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